IBI Digest: 1/20/13-1/26/13
The Top 60 prospect countdown continued over the past week, with Tony has been releasing one report per day. The detail in the reports is tremendous and well-worth the read. If you want to know about all about Cleveland minor leaguers, this is where to go.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #57 RHP Preston Guilmet: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospect countdown with Preston Guilmet, a right-handed reliever who maximizes his marginal stuff with great control, guts, and a unique delivery.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #56 RHP Rob Bryson: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospect countdown with Rob Bryson, a right-handed reliever with overpowering strikeout stuff who is still learning how to control it.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #55 CA Jake Lowery: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospect countdown with Jake Lowery, a left-handed hitting catcher with plenty of pop looking to rebound after a disappointing 2012.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #54 RHP Fabio Martinez: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospect countdown with Fabio Martinez, a right-handed reliever with one of the best power arms in the system, but a serious lack of command that may hinder his major league future.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #53 1B Mike McDade: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospect countdown with Mike McDade, a switch-hitting first baseman Cleveland claimed from Toronto this offseason on waivers.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #52 RHP Matt Langwell: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospect countdown with Matt Langwell, a right-handed reliever without the most pure stuff, but some of the best, most consistent numbers in the system.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #51 RHP Luis DeJesus: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospect countdown with Luis DeJesus, a right-handed starter who is still pretty raw, but has flashed the potential to be a Josh Tomlin-type starter down the road.
Indians set to sign utility player Ryan Raburn: Jim Pete writes the breaking news piece on Cleveland signing of utility player Ryan Raburn, who has spent his career with the Detroit Tigers, to a minor league contract.
Tribe Happenings: Thome, Ramirez reunion might work: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria looks at whether Jim Thome or Manny Ramirez could fit into the current roster, analyzes the team's arbitration results so far, writes about the Francona effect so far, and much more.
Indians officially sign Ben Francisco and Ryan Raburn: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on utility player Ryan Raburn officially coming to terms on a minor league deal, along with former Cleveland outfielder Ben Francisco.
IBI Power Poll: Best Indians' Third Baseman of All-Time?: In his regular feature, the IBI Power Poll, Jim Pete takes a look at the best third basemen in Cleveland history, including Buddy Bell, Travis Fryman, Ken Keltner, Greg Nettles, Al Rosen, and many more.
Tribe Fest triumphs in inaugural year: In his debut piece for IBI, Jake Dungan reports from Tribe Fest in Cleveland, the new event allowing fans a chance to meet players and other team personnel at Progressive Field and get amped up for the season.
Aeros announce ballpark improvements, new HD scoreboard: Stephanie Metzger reports from Akron, where the Aeros made the announcement that Canal Park will be installing the largest scoreboard in Double-A in time for the new season.
Around The Farm: January 22, 2013: Steve Orbanek recaps the night in the winter leagues, including two less than stellar relief outings from Edward Paredes and Rob Bryson, and more.
Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: DH's, Ubaldo and the kids: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete takes an in-depth look at the options the team has at DH, wonders about moving Ubaldo Jimenez to the bullpen, looks at how Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall should fit into the lineup in 2013, and much more.
Around The Farm: January 23, 2013: Steve Orbanek recaps the night in the winter leagues, including a consistent effort from Ezequiel Carrera, a look at a possible minor league signing option, and more.
Then & Now: Scott Barnes: In his regular feature, Then & Now, Steve Orbanek takes a look at Scott Barnes, a left-handed pitcher who rebounded from a torn ACL in 2011 to come back stronger in 2012, and possibly even better in 2013.
Indians invite five players from minors to Major League camp: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on the announcement that five minor league players have been given non-roster invites to the big league camp in Spring Training.
Winter Ball Notebook: Championship series continue: In his weekly offseason notebook, Steve Orbanek recaps Rob Bryson's minor hiccup, Ezequiel Carrera's path to the Venezuelan finals, Paolo Espino's final offseason start, and much more.
Who should lead off?: Jeff Ellis tackles the question of who should lead off in 2013, looking at each of the different perspectives on what a leadoff hitter should do for the team.
Around The Farm: January 25, 2013: Steve Orbanek recaps the night in the winter leagues, including a powerful outburst from Quincy Latimore, an average night from Andrew Campbell and Ryan Battaglia in Australia, and more.
The Yan Gomes and Lou Marson dynamic: Michael Goodman compares the two candidates for the backup catcher role in 2013, Yan Gomes and Lou Marson, and tries to figure out who will make the team out of Spring Training.
Friends of the Feather
The BS Report: Terry Francona and JackO: Bill Simmons of Grantland talks with Terry Francona about his book, the Red Sox days, and what he is looking forward to in Cleveland.
Top 10 rotations in MLB history: Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Insider required) ranks his top 10 starting rotations in baseball history, featuring two appearances by famous Cleveland rotations.
Top 10 outfields in MLB history: Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Insider required) continues his historical top 10 rankings, this time focusing on outfields, with an appearance from a great Cleveland outfield.
Top 10 lineups in MLB history: Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Insider required) continues his historical top 10 rankings, this time focusing on lineups, including a high ranking for the 1995 Cleveland juggernaut.
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